Ethical Practices And Beliefs In Kevin Gibson's Ethics And Business

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In almost every aspect, people are put into situations which test one’s ethical practices and beliefs. Everyone has their own point of view on how to react in a certain situation, but some events are more complicated to differentiate. For example, in the city of Bhopal in Central India, thousands were affected and even killed due to a local plant’s carelessness. There are several principled based approaches that explain whether ethical practices took place in Bhopal, as well as instrumental and rule approaches, but due to several reasons, principle theories are much more preferred over the others. Ethical theories stem into many different ideas about whether certain actions are right/wrong and how so. The textbook “Ethics and Business” by Kevin Gibson goes into great detail about different approaches in how…show more content…
One of the first principle based approaches discussed is called utilitarianism. Gibson describes it as “The significant element of an act is the amount of good or evil it produces” (Gibson 30). In this ethical idea, actions are right as long as it promotes the greatest good for the greatest number of people. Going back to the Bhopal incident, a utilitarianist would respond in a way of disgust considering the thousands that had been killed, versus the number of workers that kept the severity of the situation at hand a secret for their own welfare. Another approach is the ethical theory of deontology, which is the opposite of utilitarianism. Deontology focuses on whether an action is right or wrong, with no in-betweens or gray areas. In this specific situation, the act of killing anybody is automatically unacceptable no matter what circumstances could be considered at

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